Death of a Holy Land

In Death of a Holy Land, professor Rose Levin­son shares her insights about the death of the Zionist narrative’s hold on Israel’s citizens. Through careful and intelligent readings of eight contemporary Israeli novels (aren’t all Israeli novels contemporary?), she invites readers “to look anew at Israel as a country unprotected by the notion of exceptionalism.” Levinson’s study guides us through two novels each by Yoram Kaniuk, Orly Castel-Bloom, Michal Govrin, and Zeruya Shalev. The author finds recurrent themes of distorted identities, barren relationships, suicidal impulses, and under­mined myths: most notably, the myth of the superhero “New Jew.”  HolyLandCover

 To see the entire review, as posted on the Jewish Book Council website and slated for use in the Summer 2014 issue of Jewish Book World, click here.  Death of a Holy Land: Reflections in Contemporary Israeli Fiction by Rose L. L

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